Young Life Tanzania

Reaching the young people of Tanzania

Ministry continues to expand along the 2014 Freedom Walk route. Alexis Kwamy leads an experienced Young Life team in Tanzania/Zanzibar as Vice President of Africa South. He developed the town of Arusha near Mt. Kilimanjaro into a vibrant ministry not only for Young Life kids but also for work teams from the U.S., who serve in Young Life camps and then participate in week-long Kili climbs. Alexis and his family recently moved to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to direct the country and regional ministries there.

In 2020, 32,631 teens were known by name in Tanzania.


  • Population: 59,545,332
  • Main languages: English, Swahili
  • Kids Known by Name: 32,931

Tanzania summary

Tanzania is located in East Africa, below Kenya and above Mozambique and Malawi. The Indian Ocean laps the eastern shores, while the Serengeti spreads from the northern region to the border where the snowy cap of Mount Kilimanjaro stands as the tallest point on the continent. Lake Victoria dips down into the northwestern region connecting Tanzania to Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, while the Congo lies just over the smaller Lake Tanganyika. This peculiar name was the country name before it gained its independence from Britain in 1960. It was then that Tanganyika and Zanzibar joined to compose the nation we know today as Tanzania.

Tanzania is predominantly Christian at 61.4% with some following Muslim practices (35%) as well as other folk religions. 47% of the population is under the age of 18. It is one of the world’s poorest economies in terms of per capita income. Despite this, they have a very high growth rate because of their large tourism industry as well as their natural resources consisting of diamonds, gold and iron. With the largest population in East Africa and the lowest population density, most of its inhabitants are squeezed into two major capitals: Dodoma, the official capital, where the National Assembly meets, and Dar es Salaam (“house of peace” in Arabic), the largest city and commercial center in Tanzania.

Dar es Salaam is situated on the east coast, where the Indian Ocean is just a few steps from the Young Life Africa and the Middle East training center, where our ministry is headquartered and led by Alexis Kwamy. Senior leadership meetings and training for younger staff take place here throughout the year and the training center serves as a stop for many Young Life guests traveling in the region.

God has been faithful and Young Life continues to share the Gospel of Jesus with kids in Tanzania. In 2021, there were on average 14,000 kids at Club and 5,400 attending Campaigner groups each week!

Our impact

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Growth (2021)
Kids Known by Name 59,569 32,361 -45%
Avg. Kids at Clubs 10,212 15,735 18,484 21,611 21,611 14,038 -42%
Avg. Kids in Campaigners 3,882 7,223 9,604 12,294 12,294 5,425 -42%
Number of Ministries 79 98 114 126 178 155 -13%
National Staff 19 22 23 23 27 30 11%
DGL 7 9 7 8 11 12 9%
Kids & Leaders to Camp 6,710 9,192 10,562 10,143 10,062 16,700 66%

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